Helen Fry

Historian Dr Helen Fry has written over 25 books on the Second World War with particular reference to British intelligence, espionage, prisoners of war and the secret war. She has also written a number of books about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears became a bestseller and was in the Daily Mail’s Top 8 Books of the Year on War. Her latest book MI9: A History of the British Secret Service for Escape and Evasion has attracted widespread media attention. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries as well as live BBC news interviews. She is an Ambassador for The Museum of Military Intelligence and President of the Friends of the National Archives. Image cr. Greg Morrison
X-Troop – The Secret Jewish Commandos
After Quentin Tarantino’s fictional take in Inglorious Basterds, now for the first time the full, heart-stopping story of the real-life Jewish commandos who wreaked havoc against the Nazi war machine is revealed in X Troop by Hunter College director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies Leah Garrett. In desperation, as the shadow of the Third Reich falls across continental Europe, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an audacious plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refu...
Agent Jack: Fighting the Nazis on British Soil
June 1940: Britain is Hitler’ s next target. Some Britons are pro-Nazi, and they determine to do all they can to hasten Hitler’s arrival. Throughout WWII, Britain’s defence against the ‘enemy within’ was the unlikely figure of Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk turned MI5 agent. Codenamed Jack King, he single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathisers, many of whom passed secrets to him in the mistaken belief that he was a Gestapo officer. O...
The Secret World: A History of Intelligence
Christopher Andrew, the world’s leading historian of intelligence, presents a scintillating global account of three thousand years of spying. From the ultimate Biblical spymaster, Joshua, whose extensive spy network used a brothel in Bethlehem as their base, to the tactics of Caesar, the writings of Sun Tzu, Elizabeth I’s exasperation with her spies, and the West’s failure before 9/11 to understand the role of religious extremism in driving terrorism, this is a brilliant and...
The Walls have Ears
Helen Fry reveals the history of the elaborate WWII intelligence operation whereby Hitler’s generals were tricked into giving away Nazi secrets. Orchestrated by MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick from his headquarters at the Tower of London, German prisoners’ cells were bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record their conversations. These prisoners were then wined and dined at stately-homes-turned-prisons to encourage talk. Helen discusses the inner workings of this stup...
Red Sea Spies
BBC journalist Raffi Berg tells the true story of Mossad’s fake holiday resort on the Red Sea, a diving centre on the Sudanese coast run by secret service operatives. It attracted tourists from all over the world. In reality the agents used it as a cover to smuggle thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel from behind enemy lines. Red Sea Spies is the gripping tale of a top-secret and often parlous operation. Sponsored by the Anglo Isr...
The Volunteer – Virtual Event
‘Combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth.’ – The Telegraph In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of ...
Virtual Event – MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion
During WWII, Allied fighters trapped behind enemy lines were helped to escape by MI9. This branch of military intelligence, made up of secret agents and resistance fighters, established clandestine escape routes that criss-crossed Nazi-occupied Europe. Often at great risk to themselves and their families, the members of MI9 helped soldiers and airmen to find their way home. Central to its success were figures such as Airey Neave, Jimmy Langley, Sam Derry, and Mary Lindell – one o...
The Happy Traitor: Spies, Lies and Exile
You can buy a ticket to watch this past event until 31st March 2021 by clicking here The death in the final days of 2020 of George Blake, aged 98 in Moscow, lifted the embargo on Simon Kuper revealing for the first time the results of his unparalleled access and years of research on the most notorious double agent in British history. 65 years after h...